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A new cannabis delivery service aims to bring more diversity to...

Zepeda identifies as Afro-Latino—which places him in two demographics that were heavily affected by the war on drugs. Becoming a business owner wasn't easy.

A place of peace, but not quiet: After decades in business...

Among her customers, owners Renee Quarles last summer's brought about a desire to learn more about the history of racism and the plight of Black Americans.

Return to the sweet life: Bundts on Melrose’s Jeff Beasley steps...

Bundts on Melrose has always been a labor of love for Jeff Beasley. Short on staff and rich in orders, he's now had to step into the kitchen again himself.

Business district collecting hygiene products for homeless people

"It’s an easy and effective program that provides much needed hygiene products that are part of helping an individual regain a piece of everyday life with dignity,” said Broc Coward, chief operating officer of the DLBA.

‘We’re used to the ocean beating us up’: Harbor Breeze Cruises...

Just in time for blue whale migration season, hundreds of guests are finally embarking on the company’s whale and harbor cruises again.

Council approves zone change that could bring more cannabis dispensaries Downtown

The zoning code amendment was prompted by an application to open a recreational cannabis shop in a mixed-use building on Pine Avenue, a co-location not currently allowed in the Downtown zoning code.

‘A sacred space’: Pandemic restrictions have hampered, but not stopped, religious...

For followers of many religions, matrimony is an important stage in life, one that is celebrated and sanctioned by their religious institutions. Churches, temples and synagogues have had to make adjustments during the pandemic—and so have religious couples. Still, for some, a religious wedding was non-negotiable.

Shut down by the pandemic, a local wedding venue began serving...

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, celebrations and gatherings came to a screeching halt. For event venues like The Grand, this meant bookings were canceled or postponed, sending them looking for alternative revenue sources to keep the lights on. 

Grant funds in hand, these three new businesses plan to set...

A pet supply store, a Mexican seafood business and a floral studio are the three winners of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s fourth annual...

Post-pandemic wedding boom: After a yearlong wait, couples rush to celebrate...

According to the market research firm The Wedding Report, this year will see a surge of 650,000 weddings nationwide, bringing the total number of weddings to 2.77 million compared to the average of 2.12 million weddings taking place in a normal year.

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